Would anyone have made a mechanical, or electronic camera for their computer or robot ?
Parameters Of The Question
- As a home-project [ Although, any example of a mechanical-tv-camera or mechanical-digital-camera interfaced to a computer or robot would be interesting ]
- From 1970 ( or anytime ) - 1984
- A camera that would allow the computer or robot to extract information from the image
- There already is a thread about RAM chips used an an image-sensor, so I'm more interested in other types of home-made electronic-cameras and mechanical-cameras.
- Before solid-state-tv-cameras, they were mechanical, with a mechanical-scanning-mechanism and a minimal number of photoelectric-sensors, people may have found these easier to build and interface to a computer or robot
- Obviously hybrid examples of electronic-mechanical-camera are welcome, and any mechanical-scanning-device would have had an electronic component anyway
- Still or moving image camera
AN INTERESTING EXAMPLE DESIGN - Imagine a cart-robot moving around a track ( like a diecast-car-racing-track, or slot-car-track but without swivelling, or a toy-train-track ), and on it's top the robot has an array of photo-electric-sensors( e.g.8x8 ), so when it encounters a sign above it, it can differentiate between a left-arrow, and a right-arrow, and activate an onboard-steering-mechanism to make a left or right turn at the crossroad where the arrow-sign is.
I thought that the original digital-cameras actually used mechanical-rotating-scanning methods, or rotating-mirrors, although I cannot find information on that, so I wondered if maybe some home-projects interfaced this to computers or robots.
NOTE - One Reason I Think This Question Has Not Been Answered Before On Retrocomputing ( Including The 'The earliest a home-computer or home-robot could be interfaced with a camera' Thread )
- I'm thinking that a mechanical-image-scanner( with photoelectric sensor / sensors ) may have been much easier to interface with computers/robots since they may not have needed the analog-to-digital-converter component, because, the computer could be what sends a pulse to the photoelectric-sensor / sensors ), and then the photoelectric-sensor does or does-not-return a pulse back to the computer, light dependent.
- I THINK THIS QUESTION IS NOT A DUPLICATE OF The earliest a home-computer or home-robot could be interfaced with a camera because I had intended that question ( NOW CORRECTED ) to refer commercially available tv-cameras or digital-cameras, not to home-made cameras, which is what this question is asking .
I DON'T LIKE THAT THIS QUESTION IS NOW ALMOST INVISIBLE / NON-EXISTENT DUE TO BEING MARKED AS A DUPLICATE
- This question is now almost invisible / non-existent due to being marked as a duplicate, because the link that appears on the main-page or as a search-result from within this website goes directly to The earliest a home-computer or home-robot could be interfaced with a commercially available camera?, only the link on that question goes to this question.